Welcome to the Utah Middle Level Associations (UMLA) webpage.  We are dedicated to the young adolescent and to those who work with them.  Whether this is your first visit to the site or you are a veteran, it is wonderful to have you as part of this organization.


Welcome Back Wonderful Middle Level Educators!

Hopefully the excitement swirling around in the crisp fall air has been contagious as we start a new school year! Excitement for new students, new lessons, new teams, and new adventures! As you take this time to get to know your students and fellow educators, remember these 3 important tips:

  1. Build team and classroom spirit-everyone wants to feel like they belong. Creating team and classroom spirit will make your room a safe and welcome place to be. Have fun!
  2. Set Goals- Set goals as an educator and also as a classroom. These goals can keep us moving throughout the year.
  3. Celebrate the small things-Remembering a student’s name or making it through Back to School Night. All of these “small” celebrations add up to one GREAT year!

One more thing to keep in mind is this school years 2014’s Utah Middle Level Conference; the only conference in the state of Utah focused only on the Middle Level student and educator! This year we have Monte Selby coming, a leader in middle level philosophy and education. MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR MARCH 1, 2014!

As we begin this new school year, take a moment to reflect on why you teach and the potential that you and each one of your students possess to create a wonderful school year!

Make it a delightful year!

Holly Peterson
President, Utah Middle Level Association

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